By M. Penny Levin, Ph.D.
I am a health psychologist in the Philadelphia area, and practice in a
holistic context. My interest [in acupuncture] began with my own experience.
I developed a serious inflammatory arthritis following the birth of my
children. It was frighteningly unresponsive to traditional western medicine.
After several years of struggling, my husband's chiropractor, who was
learning acupuncture at the time, offered to attempt to treat this condition.
Within just a few months, I was 20 lbs. lighter, vastly more energetic, and
nearly off of all medication.
Over the past several years, both my practice
and my personal health care have shifted steadily in the direction of
alternative medicine. I work in conjunction with other holistic
practitioners in this area.